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Communication Disorders Staff - Richard Dressler

Dr. Richard Dressler, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Dr. Richard Dressler, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Associate Professor

Office:  Academic Complex 108-G
Phone:  270-745-6280


  • SLP 502 Motor Speech Disorders
  • SLP 509 Speech Science
  • SLP 511 Neurophysiology of Speech and Language
  • SLP 513 Cognitive Linguistics
  • SLP 518 Advanced AAC


Dr. Dressler has published articles related to conversational coding systems, sound disorders associated with aphasia, acoustic measures of spasmodic dysphonia, conversational repairs in speakers with aphasia, and dehydration in nursing home patients. He has also conducted cooperative research with the brain injury unit at the Fr. Campbell Army Base. Dr. Dressler is also interested in exploring the use of video-conferencing technology to connect individuals in rural areas with local support groups, and for offering remote service delivery of speech services to rural patients.


Dr. Dressler is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Disorders. He has been at WKU since 2001 and teaches courses in the areas of research methodology, neurophysiology of speech and language, motor speech disorders, advanced neurology, speech science, and advanced diagnostics. He has over 20 years of experience as a speech clinician in acute medical settings. Dr. Dressler is the author of the Language Activity Resource Kit (LARK), LARK Workbook, and co-author of the LARK Software program, which are published by Pro-Ed, Inc. ( He has produced an iPad app called iRecognize. Dr. Dressler is the former director of the Acquired Brain Injury Resource Program located at the Clinical Education Complex (

Teaching Philosophy

Dr. Dressler has extensive clinical experience working in medical settings as a speech-language pathologist. He strives to bridge the gap between learning information in class and textbooks with practical application of the information to the clinical setting. His classes are designed to engage the student in both applying knowledge to a skill based outcome and using group projects to enhance team building skills.

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 Last Modified 9/25/14